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Former President of Estonia Demands the Freedom of Doctor Gaprindashvili

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi has recently released a video in which the former President of the Country Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his wife express the full support of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, demanding his immediate freedom. The video features ex-president Ilves speaking in English, and his wife delivering the message in their mother tongue. In the video, the Former President says the following: “I call upon the De Facto authorities…

Lithuania to issue first-ever euro coin featuring Hebrew inscription

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Coin will be issued in honor of the ‘Year of the Vilna Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania’; critics claim Menorah symbol on coin’s obverse used by far right, neo-Nazi groups in Baltic states. The Bank of Lithuania is planning to issue a new collectable €10 coin to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of leading 18th century Jewish thinker the Vilna Gaon. Born in 1720…

Lithuanian cabinet to decide on guarantee to back NIB loan to Klaipedos Nafta

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The state-controlled energy terminals operator plans to borrow up to 135.5 miln from the NIB to finance the costs of operating the Independence floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), spreading out these costs until 2044. Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas expects all the decisions that are necessary for reducing the LNG terminal-related levy for the natural gas transmission system’s users on January 1, 2020 to be adopted by the end of the year. “I’ve no…

Swedbank under investigation for violations of US sanctions

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Major shareholders in the Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov have sent almost one million euros to its American counterpart, owner of Kalashnikov USA, with the help of Swedbank, while United States and European Union sanctions forbid the companies from doing business with each other, according to the Sveriges Television (SVT) information. After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the US responded with sanctions against government ministers, companies and oligarchs with ties to…

Seimas to reduce party election thresholds in Lithuania

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian parliament is considering lowering the election threshold for political parties. The proposals are backed by President Gitanas Nausėda. Now parties need to exceed the 3 percent threshold in the multi-member constituency to get into the country’s parliament, and there’s a 7 percent threshold for coalitions. The proposals to adjust the thresholds were backed by the parliamentary Committee on State Administration and Local Authorities, but politicians from the ruling block…

Riga vice-mayor dismissed

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

With support from opposition members of Riga City Council, Vadims Baranniks (NDF) was today dismissed as Riga vice-mayor. Altogether, 40 votes were cast for Baranniks’ removal, with members of Harmony and Honor to Serve Riga (GKR), as well as all opposition councilors voting for his dismissal. Six independent councilmen did not participate in the vote, although they were present at the city council meeting. Opposition councilors commented that they voted…

Pension reform in Estonia to increase pressure

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Speaking at a meeting between Bank of Estonia Governor Madis Müller, Deputy Governor Ülo Kaasik and the Finance Committee of the Riigikogu, representatives of the Bank of Estonia once again drew the attention of committee members to potential bottlenecks in the implementation of the pension reform in its current planned form. In addition to the pension reform, the meeting also touched upon the state of the economy of the euro…

An item of collection of the National History Museum of Latvia suprises

Monday, November 18, 2019

Carbon dating of an item in the collection of the National History Museum of Latvia has thrown up a surprise with a small boat recovered from a swamp turning out to be far more ancient than initially thought, reported Latvian Radio November 18. Along with some mammoth teeth which were being sent to Poland for analysis to determine their age, archaeologists sent a fragment of a small sacred wooden boat found in the…

Group on Facebook invites to share Christmas spirit in new initiative

Monday, November 18, 2019

“Mes – lietuviai pasaulyje”, the group on Facebook that unites around 14 thousand Lithuanians, invites everyone to share Christmas joy by sending small gifts or letters to each other all around the world. Lithuanians or descents of Lithuanians can register in a form uploaded to the Facebook group “Mes – lietuviai pasaulyje” till 5th December. After that, every participant will get the name of a person he or she should…

Variety of alcohol in stores in Lithuania shock foreigners

Monday, November 18, 2019

Greek student Davis Giorgi is a researcher and interested in the behavior and actions of people. Coming to Vilnius for his Master’s, he has been observing and studying the inhabitants. He has been shocked by the different varieties of alcohol, and the strong spirits, that are sold in supermarkets. Also, the high skyscraper apartments in Vilnius’ suburbs – that almost all look the same, also surprise him. After classes, he…